While the University of Northern Iowa campus was trudging through the remainder of the winter season, a six-person team from the University of Northern Iowa Construction Management program visited the west coast.
The trip, spanning March 24-28, 2019, saw the group of UNI Construction Management students visit Long Beach, Calif. for the Construction Management Competition at the 2019 Associated Builders and Contractors’ annual convention.
Five separate competitions made up the four day event with 21 institutions competing.
The Panther team of Brett Steinkamp, Garret Hotop, Joshua Phifer, Sam Munsell, Mitch McAleer and Jacob Philipsen brought home third place honors in the project management portion of the competition.
The annual competition, designed to challenge knowledge, organization, time management and presentation skills, gives the nation’s top construction management students a glimpse into the real world of construction. All participants are active members of the ABC National Student Chapter Network, which connects local ABC chapters to colleges and universities with construction management programs to work toward the ultimate goal of building the talent pipeline and mentoring future leaders of the construction industry.
The project for this year’s competition focused on the District Edgewood High School Event Center and Sports Complex, a new 14,202-square-foot, single-story event center building in West Covina, California. The project’s site improvements included the demolition of an existing 25x25 meter pool, decks and buildings, and the installation of a competition pool and aquatics facilities.
“ABC is impressed by the outstanding work of these future construction industry leaders,” said 2019 ABC National Chair Tony Rader, telecom vice president of National Roofing Partners, Coppell, Texas. “The competition not only allows for real-world, hands-on construction management experience, but also fosters an environment that allows students to put classroom lessons to the test and collaborate with their peers. We look forward to the many contributions these students will make to our industry in the years to come.”
Colorado State University won the overall team title. The Rams earned top honors in the project management and quality control portions of the competition en route to the crown. Florida International University finished second, while Louisiana State University grabbed third.
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